Family historians, scholars, students and others interested in what is behind the ornate brass doors of the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building just east of the Capitol will soon have more opportunities for discovery.
Beginning January 11, 2014, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) will expand its hours of operation to better accommodate researchers. The agency’s three public service areas – the Texas State Archives, Texas Family Heritage Research Center, and the Reference and Information Center – will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the second Saturday of each month.
Texas Heritage Magazine is a quarterly publication of the Texas Heritage Foundation and is free to members. Interested in joining? Click here.
At the End of a Leash
Reflections of Dunbar Park
The El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association has produced a compelling video about saving the real places telling the real stories of the trail. It’s part of their Indiegogo campaign to preserve trail resources. Check it out! http://igg.me/at/elcaminotrail/x/2895873
For more information contact:
Executive Director, El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association
Board Member, Partnership for the National Trails System
P.O. Box 41286
Austin, TX 78704
The Women in Texas History Series will publish works about the history of women in Texas for an audience of historians, teachers, students, and the public. These may focus on individual lives, events, and time periods, or aspects of gender, race, class, and culture. Books in the series will include historical works of broad interest to the public as well as those useful to professionals.
Individuals interested in submitting manuscripts for consideration should send a description of the project and its date of availability for review to the following:
Nancy Baker Jones, Ph.D.
President, Board of Directors
Ruthe Winegarten Foundation for Texas Women’s History
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Celebrate Fayetteville!” as August brings exhibits, birthday parties, more celebrations and loads of music. Whether enjoying art at its’ best at Arts For Rural Texas, toasting to the heritage of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and the historic Country Place Hotel, toe tappin’ with Texas Pickin’ Park, paying a tribute to the local volunteer firemen, or simply walking the streets of a National Registry community is your cup of tea, chances are that all ages will definitely have a taste of good times in Fayetteville during the month of August.
Although it’s typically too warm during the day for musical instruments and the “pickers” in the month of August for Texas Pickin’ Park fans, visitors are welcome to jam in the evening hours (after 6 pm) under the trees at the Historic Square the second Saturday of the month, which is August 10. Volunteers Robert Duke and Jonathan Hamborsky will be assisting the venue this month. Information on Texas Pickin’ Park may be found at www.texaspickinpark.com or by calling 512-415-3177. Workshops will “pick” back up once cooler weather comes.
Saturday, August 24 brings a double header to Fayetteville as the Arts For Rural Texas opens with the Richard Atlas Bottfeld exhibit and just a few blocks away at the St John’s Pavilion on 209 East Bell Street, the 4th Annual Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Department honors their best with a Shrimp Boil & Dance Fundraiser. Mr. Bottfeld’s opening reception will be held from 5-7 pm at the Ross Gallery (on the square) and the exhibit will run from August 24 thru August 31. He has requested that proceeds benefit ARTS and the Hospice Brazos Valley. Any questions may be directed to Arts For Rural Texas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 979-378-2113. The fire department fundraiser will commence at 6 pm with happy hour, meal from 7-8:30 pm, and dance to the GTO’s. Tickets are $25.00 and may be purchased at Joe’s Place, Fayetteville Propane, Fayetteville Bank, or by calling 979-966-8985 or 979-249-6868. All proceeds will benefit the Fayetteville VFD making the entire day a true win-win for all.
The following week, August 31 and September 1 brings more celebrating to Fayetteville as the historic Country Place Hotel celebrates a birthday with a party and St. John the Baptist Church celebrates its’ annual feast in mix of the cultures of the community. The Country Place Hotel (the former Zapp Building) is located on the corner of Fayette and Washington Streets on the Square. It has been nourished and revitalized since 1975 by Clovis and Maryann Heimsath, who are the 2012 recipients of the Clara Driscoll award by Preservation Texas. The original building was named the Zapp Building after German native Hugo Zapp. He established his mercantile business in 1865 and in 1900 after a fire burned the wooden store on the site, he constructed this present two-story brick building. The Romanesque revival building features decorative brickwork in a checkerboard pattern. In 1915, it was purchased by another merchant that operated it for more than 50 years. On Saturday, August 31, the community will celebrate the 10th birthday of Country Place Hotel beginning at 8 pm with music, dancing, and fun. They may be reached at 979-966-7771 or go to www.countryplacehotel.com.
The weekend is just beginning in this very active community as Sunday, September 1 is the Annual Feast of St. John the Baptist Church at 209 East Bell Street in Fayetteville. Make no mistake–this is a very special celebration as well. The parish honors the Czech and German immigrants that settled the area in the mid-1800’s and their celebration kicks off with a 10 am Polka Mass (if you have never heard a Polka Mass, now’s your chance). They will be serving up home pit barbeque beef, pork, and sausage dinner at the Recreation Center, and will carry the tradition of celebrating with games for children, country store, auction, kolaches and pastries, and a free dance until 10 pm with Charles and the Fabulous Four. Sandwiches will be served started at 2:30 pm and bingo will kick off at 2 pm. All ages are welcome. Go to www.stjohnfayetteville.com for questions or call 979-378-2277.
“We are extremely proud of our cultures that make up the community of Fayetteville. These active events earmark the traditions that honor those settlers that came before us,” states Mayor Ronnie Pflughaupt. “Our restaurants, lodging, shopping, and businesses extend their hometown hospitality as well to welcome all visitors and locals that come to share these experiences”. Fayetteville is located on Highway 159 a short distance from La Grange and zip code 78940 for GPS users—“Great weekend getaway with dining, shopping, and lodging available for all.”
The Pine Knot Legacy Award recognizes exemplary work of county historical commissions and small, non-profit heritage groups in the East Texas region. The Pine Knot Legacy Award, which includes an honorarium of $500 to fund further work, is designed to honor those organizations that have, over time, demonstrated a continuing interest in the preservation and promotion of regional heritage through a variety of programs.
The deadline for submitting nomination forms is Monday, August 26, 2013. Complete information can be found at this link: http://easttexashistorical.org/v3/programs/pineknot.htm
Each October, Camp Hearne invites WWII re-enactors to join us in a special event to enrich our visitors’ museum experience. Wearing the uniforms and carrying the equipment of both the Allied and Axis forces, they share their knowledge about the day-to-day lives of military men and women and the broader lessons of World War II.
This year, we have worked with the City of Hearne Municipal Airport to bring a wonderfully preserved B-25J Mitchell Bomber, the Yellow Rose, to fly-in that day. This flying museum will be available for tours while on the ramp and will offer 30-minute rides for purchase by the public to help support their preservation efforts. Since the flight path is over the Camp’s historic site, visitors at both venues will be able to see, hear, and feel the soul-jarring roar of this unique twin-engine vintage plane.
Our event’s purpose is to preserve and teach WWII history. Our general goal is to promote and increase the economic development of Hearne and Robertson County through heritage tourism. With the completion of a ten-year improvement plan for our Municipal Airport, it is also a chance to introduce and promote our renewed regional airfield with resurfaced runways, weather monitoring systems, new lighting and a 24-hour automated AVgas fuel farm.
Camp Hearne website: http://www.camphearne.com
The Yellow Rose: http://www.cafcentex.com/aircraft/B25.php
The Yellow Rose history: http://www.cafcentex.com/flights/index.php
G-Company Re-enactors: http://www.texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org/lhd/
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